Historic City of York

Two years ago we went back to England to enjoy the nuptials of Pat’s sister Mitzi, and whilst there we visited the City of York to soak up some ancient history. Actually, we always visit York when we go back because we love it so much.

York is a walled city at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. this is a long view of york minster taken from the castle walls, give or take, a 2 mile hike.

This magnificent building took 250 years to build and was consecrated in 1472. It contains England’s greatest concentration of medieval stained glass, including the great east window which, measuring 186 square metres, is thought to be the largest area of stained glass in the world. (courtesy of  http://www.visityork.org/information/history-of-york.aspx)

Here’s an interior view

Enough of the history lesson, here are some photos we snapped on our 2 mile  trek  around the city walls.

We needed a good cuppa tea after that hike, so off we went to the Shambles in search of afternoon tea and some shopping.

These are some pictures I took  of the past and the present juxtaposed. The English don’t bat an eye when seeing these kind of things, but  I just find it extremely amusing and in the case of the Pizza Hut and the Starbucks outlets, just downright sacrilegious.IMG_20140529_094418IMG_20140529_092630IMG_20140529_074459IMG_20140529_074307

Here we are enjoying some post-ceremony drinkies at Mitzi’s wedding.

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